Oregon State Bar Bulletin — OCT0BER 2004


Among Ourselves

E. Walter Van Valkenburg has been elected to the board of directors for Portland Center Stage. Van Valkenburg is chair of the technology and intellectual property group at Stoel Rives. His is currently chair of the Oregon Economic and Community Development Commission and serves on the boards of the Oregon Sports Authority and Legal Aid Services of Oregon.

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The Lane County Bar Association announces its new officers for 2004-2005: John Kim (left); Bassinger & Kim, president; Maureen DeFrank; Jaqua & Wheatley, president-elect; and Mindy Wittkop, Doyle, Gartland, Nelson, McCleery & Wade, secretary-treasurer. The newly elected board members are Hon. Douglas S. Mitchell, Lane County Circuit Court, and Patrick Lynd. They will join current board members Margaret Paris, Jens Schmidt, Stephanie Chandler and Murray Pettit.

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The Multnomah Bar Association Young Lawyers Section recently elected new officers and board members: W. Todd Cleek, Dunn, Carney, Allen, Higgins & Tongue, president; Eric J. Waxler, Cavanagh & Zipse, president-elect; Gregory C. MacCrone, secretary; and Catherine Brinkman, Bradach Law Offices, treasurer. New directors are: David I. Bean, Gevurtz Menashe; Anne E. Koch, Motschenbacher & Blattner; Gregory W. Levinson, Elzinga & Associates; and Douglas M. Palmer, Wallace, Klor & Mann. Tamara E. Russell of Miller Nash and James Filiault of Ball Janik are continuing as directors. Jennifer K. Oetter, Hoffman Hart & Wagner, serves as immediate past-president.

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In July, Robert Weiss participated in a 60th anniversary liberation celebration in the French town of Mortain, Normandy, where he was made an honorary citizen of the town. Mortain was the area where the Germans staged their biggest counterattack in France in World War II and was the battle about which Weiss wrote in his book Fire Mission! The siege at Mortain, Normandy, August 1944. While in Europe, Weiss was interviewed by London-based Independent Television News (ITN) at Bastogne, Belgium, about his experiences with the "Lost Battalion" at the Battle of Mortain and about his involvement in the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium. ITN is producing a 10-part series for the British Discovery Channel about World War II to be entitled "The Road to Berlin."

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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt attorney Román Hernández has been elected president of the board of directors for the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber, the Portland chapter of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber. Hernandez will serve a one-year term. He has met with White House staff as part of his position with Hispanic National Bar Association. Most recently, Hernández and other HNBA leaders met with various Mexican government officials, lawyers, and judges while in Mexico City (including a justice on the Mexico Supreme Court).

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Capt. Travis Hall of the Army Judge Advocate’s Corps completed the Frankfurt Ironman on July 11, 2004. Hall completed a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike course and a 26.2-mile run — in a total time of 14 hours, 32 minutes. During the upcoming year, Hall will participate in shorter distance triathlon events with the goal of completing the Ironman Coeur d’Alene in June 2005.

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The American Board of Certification announces that Steven M. Hedberg, managing partner of Perkins Coie’s Portland office, has successfully completed the requirements for recertification in both creditors’ rights law and business bankruptcy law. Hedberg is the only attorney in Oregon to meet the requirements to receive the creditors’ rights law certification.

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Preston Gates & Ellis was ranked No. 1 in diversity among women in a survey released recently by Vault.com, a leading website and source of information for job seekers and professionals. Preston Gates improved in many areas from last year’s survey, but the jump from No. 10 to No. 1 in diversity among women is most noteworthy. The survey cited a continued effort to provide attorneys with flexible work arrangements, opportunities for leadership roles and strong practice development support.

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Davis Wright Tremaine has added a diversity counseling practice to its employment-related services group (in the Washington, D.C. office). The group offers diversity compliance, crisis avoidance and crisis management capabilities.

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The ABA has appointed Edward J. Sullivan as new vice chair for its council of state and local government law section. Sullivan, an owner at Garvey Schubert Barer in Portland, will assist the section’s chair in national policies such as voting rights, homeland security and the environment. He is formerly the section’s secretary. Sullivan will serve in the position for one year.

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Jean M. Lawler, a senior partner at Murchison & Cumming, has been inaugurated as president of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC), the first woman to hold this position. Lawler was first elected to the FDCC board of directors in 1996 and will serve as president through July 2005, presiding over the FDCC’s winter meeting on Marco Island, Fla., and its annual meeting at La Costa, Calif.

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Medford attorney Lisa Greif was elected president of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association at the association’s recent annual meeting. Greif is the first Medford attorney elected to the position in the 25-year history of the organization. Greif is a senior staff attorney at the Southern Oregon Public Defender. She received a law degree from the University of Oregon in 1998 and has been a board member of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association since 2001.

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ABA president Robert J. Grey Jr. has appointed Portland attorney Mark Johnson to the ABA Commission on Immigration Policy, Practice & Pro Bono.

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Steven C. Berman, of counsel to Stoll, Stoll, Berne, Lokting & Shlachter, was a co-recipient of the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association’s Arthur H. Bryant Public Justice Award at the OTLA annual convention in August. OTLA recognized Berman’s contribution for efforts on the ballot title description for Constitutional Amendment 35 and similar proposed initiatives.

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Steven Shropshire, a water rights attorney and shareholder in the Jordan Schrader firm, has been appointed to the 10-member Oregon Water Trust Board of Directors. Shropshire will assist with policy oversight for the Oregon Water Trust Board.

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Attorney Philip Anderson of Eck, Elliott & Anderson, has been appointed by state Sen. Peter Courtney to the Oregon Commission for Child Care. Anderson will serve on the commission as the business representative.

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In August, the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association welcomed the following new officers for 2004/2005: Jane Paulson, Paulson Law Firm, president; James Egan, Kryger, Alexander, Egan, Elmer & Carlson, president-elect; Derek Johnson, Johnson, Clifton, Larson & Corson, secretary; and Stephen Hendricks, Hendricks Law Firm, parliamentarian.

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Army Reserve Capt. Mike Smith of Lake Oswego was recently named chief of operational law for the Coalition Forces Land Component Command at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. Command is responsible for the direction and support of all military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar. Smith previously served in Baghdad and Um Qasr, Iraq. Smith, a 2000 graduate of Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College, is a former deputy district attorney for both Tillamook and Marion counties.


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